LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville Metro Police made three arrests in a string of armed robberies at fast food restaurants.
Eighteen-year-old Brandon Harvey is charged in a total of five robberies.
Police said 18-year-old Tyler Carter of Mount Washington helped in three of them. Twenty-year-old Dewayne Mitchell is accused in a robbery at the McDonald's on Preston Highway July 23.
Police said the men forced all the employees and one customer to the ground. After getting cash out of the safe, police said they robbed the customer, fired a warning shot into the ceiling and hit two employees in the head with guns.
“It was a great relief honestly, the community was terrified. We went out to speak to the McDonald’s employees I believe it was last Thursday. Those employees and representatives from McDonald’s stressed that the employees were having a tough time. These guys terrified, used unreasonable violence to go in and hit people in the side of the head with a weapon when they were complying,” said LMPD Lt. Jennifer Coe.
Harvey and Carter are accused in robberies at the Dairy Queen on Shelbyville Road and a Rite Aid on Bardstown Road.
Harvey is also charged with holdups at a Wendy's on South Hurstborne Parkway and Hardee's on Taylorsville Road.
“You see the confidence gained in each one, the violence, the striking in the head with the weapons, the gunshots at the ceilings and I think when you look at the attempt to purchase the rifles, it was escalating without a doubt so it was time to catch them,” Jeffersontown Police Major Ken Hatmaker said.
All the robberies happened early in the morning.
"..there was a number of different leads that came in...and KSP identified Brandon Harvey as one of the suspects and the investigation went from there," Lt. Jennifer Coe, with LMPD, said.
Kentucky State Police, Jeffersontown Police, U.S. marshals and LMPD all worked together on this case and have been working around the clock since last Thursday night to make the arrests.
Three other people acquainted with the suspects were also arrested Monday. Kelly Stepp and Cedric Williams were taken into custody by US Marshals for outstanding robbery warrants. Fast food suspect Mitchell was found in the car with them at the time of their arrest. Terra Cox was arrested trying to buy an assault rifle for the suspects with money stolen in a bank robbery.
All of these crimes are still under investigation.